My teenage son listened to Jumper first and kept telling me "This is so good, this is so good!" I enjoyed every minute of Jumper, from the beginning where Davey discovers and explores his ability to teleport to the end where he uses his talent in attempts to exact revenge on those who have wronged him.
The author does a wonderful job of portraying Davy as a teenager, with the fears, anger and moodiness of a teen. The character makes impulsive, emotional decisions based on his mood, which he later regrets. There's a love story, some political intrigue and lots of action packed twists and turns throughout the book. It was fascinating to listen to Davy experimenting with the limits of his talent.
MacLeod Andrews did an excellent job at portraying the moods of Davy, speeding up the cadence of his narration during the action scenes and putting genuine emotion into Davy's voice when he is upset. I rarely "noticed" his narration- it was never distracting- as I would instantly become absorbed in the story, which is, in my opinion, the sign of a good narrator. MacLeod excels at voicing realistic fear and anger in Davy's voice.
I definitely recommend this book to young adults and adults, and I will definitely listen the Steven Gould's other books in the series.
I have already listened to this book 3 times, I love it so much. It's the story of a college student who "likes a challenge" coming to live with a family in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Every character in the book was fascinating to me, from the well grounded, kind-hearted Julie to the nerdy MIT student Matt, and especially young Celeste, with her eccentricities. The romance in this book touched my heart and I fell in love with all the characters. Each scene is essential to the book, and the humorous lines are expertly delivered by Julia Whelan. There's a late night drunken phone conversation that is exceptionally funny. The sad parts will wrench your heart and the story builds to a satisfying climax.
I recommend this book for ANYONE.
Both my teenage son and I enjoyed this book with it's blend of science, suspense and plot twists. The narration was excellent, and I look forward to the continuation of the story, if a book 2 is forthcoming.
As a mother of teenagers I like to read young adult novels, and Pushing the Limits kept me riveted and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book, couldn't put it down. The back and forth narration format allowed me to connect strongly with both Echo and Noah, and watching them help and heal each other in the context of their family issues was satisfying.
There were times I found Tara Sand's voice a bit grating at times, but her pacing and emotion would soon sink me back into the story. She sounded a lot like Kat Denning to me. MacLeod Andrews never disappoints when voicing young, male characters and his portrayal of Noah was sufficiently sexy yet vulnerable and even had me wiping away a tear at the end. The soothing, yet angsty timbre of his voice was a perfect complement to Tara Sand's Echo.
I would definitely recommend this book to both adults and young adults, as it combined a sufficiently realistic high school feel with mystery (what happened to Echo), heart wrenching drama (Noah's need for his family) and flashes of humor as the story unfolded.
This book inspired me to take the time and post my first review ever to Audible. From the first chapter of this book I was intrigued with Michael, who tells his story in pieces, skipping between childhood and teenage years. The story unfolds slowly, and near the end of the book I basically sat frozen while listening; I was spellbound. Michael takes the reader through experiences of growing up mute, learning to open locks, and the series of choices which drew him into a life of crime.
MacLeod Andrews chooses to voice Michael's thoughts the way Michael probably wishes he could speak them: strong, emphatic, full of emotion. The pitch and cadence of MacLeod's narration subtly changes from childish to eager teenager to world-weary adult through the course of the book. It's perfect. I really enjoyed the booming, egotistical voice MacLeod Andrews used for Mr. Marsh, and the creepy, whispery voice of Sleepy Eyes.
I loved this book so much that I pressed play and listened to the entire thing again, then had my husband and teenage son listen (they enjoyed it, too). Then I moved on to other books by Steve Hamilton.
Claire and Justin are likable characters and I enjoyed the descriptions of their feelings and interactions. The author did a strong job of describing their background friendship so I was wrapped up in their story and cheering for their romance.
I was occasionally distracted by descriptions of Claire's cat interrupting the conversation and love scenes at times.
Romance isn't usually my genre of choice for fiction, but I selected this story specifically because I enjoy MacLeod Andrews' style of narrating and I was not disappointed. His ability to voice female characters by softening his tone, rather than pitching his voice higher makes the voices sound natural. He puts wonderful richness and emotion into the voices and keeps the narration mesmerizing.
I spent an enjoyable few hours listening to this book and it was a satisfying romantic tale, expertly narrated.
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